By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2013
Seemingly responding to Apple’s recent iWork suite upgrade (or should I say downgrade?), Windows giant Microsoft has rolled out a series of improvements to Office Web Apps. Akin to iWork which now allows for collaborative editing and has full file compatibility across the web, OS X and iOS, the significant Office Web Apps refresh has enabled real-time co-authoring and brought out new formatting controls, the find and replace feature in web-based Word app and lots more.
Additionally, Bloomberg reported today that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is viewed as one of the candidates for the outgoing Steve Ballmer‘s CEO seat, is open to the idea of accelerating development of the full-on Office suite for competing platforms, including Apple’s iOS… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 24, 2013
There’s nothing like a good dogfight between two tech titans to get your blood flowing. After a hiatus from its sniping at Apple, Microsoft is back, calling the decision to offer iWork and iLife software free “no big deal”. Sure Microsoft, whatever you say.
But Redmond didn’t stop there. In a Wednesday blog post, the software giant’s communication vice president paints Apple’s move as desperate, before launching into a rally-round-the-flag sort of promo for the new Surface tablet.
All of which reminds me of the Hamlet quote about protesting too much… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2013
Documents by Readdle, along with the excellent Files app from German developer Sonico Mobile, are my go-to apps for managing files and documents on iOS devices in one central place. And while the latter has been lacking in terms of frequent updates, Readdle has today issued an update to its Documents software bringing three useful features to the party: drag-and-drop support, the ability to star files and integration with the iOS Photo Library… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2013
Despite the ongoing iPad-bashing in television commercials, Microsoft over the past month has managed to release brand new Office 365 for iPhone (check out our review) and SkyDrive Pro apps, while revamping and enhancing a cross-platform note-taking software, OneNote.
Today, the Windows giant has added another productivity app to its stable of App Store offerings, the Outlook Web App for iPhone and iPad.
Despite what the name might have you believe, it’s a native app. The software offers the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, “but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices,” such as notifications, Microsoft argues… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2013
After months of speculation and years of waiting, Windows maker Microsoft has finally relented and released the official Office suite on iOS. But don’t get your hopes up too high, it isn’t what you’ve been looking for.
As the lengthy name suggests, ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers’ (seriously, Microsoft?) requires an Office 365 subscription, is iPhone-only and is more of an Office companion than a full-blown productivity application.
You can edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go, though we’re talking limited editing capability here. Go past the fold for the full info… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2013
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates thinks Apple’s iPad is “frustrating” to use because it lacks a physical keyboard and doesn’t run Office. The Surface, he says, brings the “portability of the tablet but the richness of the PC” to mobile productivity.
Being a Google Apps fan, I’m obviously biased and not exactly the right guy to comment on the Office part of Bill’s comment.
Now, I’m underestimating the real world outside the Apple bubble and obviously there are heavy Office users out there who agree with Gates on Office for iPad. Regardless, you’d think Microsoft’s co-founder should know that any Bluetooth keyboard works with iPads.
On top of that, a bunch of iPad cases incorporate physical keys like NIBIQÜ’s and Logitech’s Surface-like iPad cases, the latter featuring physical keys seamlessly fused into its interior fabric. Go past the fold for the full quote and video evidence… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2013
The App Store carries some handy programs for folks who need to edit Microsoft Office documents on their iPhone and iPad. If Google’s acquisition of the popular app Quickoffice came as a shock and you were looking to jump ship, Readdle has you covered with today’s update to their free Documents software. The application, which is now universal, has at last been updated with support for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Although Documents won’t let you edit Microsoft Office documents, you can now view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on any iOS device you happen to own.
Plus, Documents comes with lots more features to help you manage a bunch of file types, it syncs with popular cloud storage services, comes with a beautiful media player and lets you even annotate PDFs… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2013
Over the last several months, there’s been a lot of talk regarding the potential for an iOS version of MS Office. Folks particularly want to see it land on the iPad, as research shows the move could be worth some $2.5 billion to Microsoft.
But despite all of the chatter, we have yet to see any indication that Office is on its way to Apple’s mobile platform. And it doesn’t look like we’re going to anytime soon. A new report suggests the app suite won’t land on iOS until next fall… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Feb 15, 2013
Picture Microsoft in one of those V8 commercials, where the actor whacks himself in the head after he could be drinking a healthy vegetable drink rather than a can of diet cola.
Now, replace the veggie juice with an iPad and you might have a scenario playing out in the executive suite of Microsoft today.
Why? The software giant refuses to sell a version of its Office suite for the iPad, a mistake possibly costing $2.5 billion. One analyst believes the company is leaving $2.5 billion on the table by insisting to offer the popular software bundle to Microsoft’s tiny tablet market, as well as the declining number of PCs.
Can any company be that short-sighted? Wait, that was a rhetorical question… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2013
Following up on yesterday’s release of cloud-based Office 365 for Macs and Windows PCs, Microsoft’s energetic CEO Steve Ballmer sat down with Ashlee Vance of Bloomberg Businessweek to talk biz, competition and discuss what’s next for the productivity suite. Office 365, basically a subscription-based offering, shouldn’t be confused with the just released Office 2013 suite.
Despite several credible leaks proving that Microsoft is working on Office for iPad, Ballmer isn’t afraid of an Office-less iPad. Little wonder, considering the Windows maker is keeping a tablet version of Office exclusive to Windows 8 tablets as a crucial advantage over other tablets… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2012
Apple has just rejected the latest update to Microsoft’s iOS SkyDrive app, a client for its popular cloud-based storage service. The reason for this is that the update includes the ability for users to purchase more storage through the app, and Microsoft isn’t giving Apple its 30% cut of the sales.
Apparently the two companies are at serious odds over the commission fee, and the situation may not be resolvable. Microsoft has even offered to remove all subscription options from the app, but to no avail. And according to a new report, the beef has spilled over into Office for iOS discussions… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2012
Microsoft’s long-rumored Office suite for iOS and Android is like a unicorn: everybody’s talking about it and yet no one but a rare few have seen it. The Redmond-based Windows maker may have just “inadvertently” (conspiracy theorists, rejoice!) leaked another solid proof that Excel, PowerPoint and Word apps are coming to both the iPhone and iPad.
It’s interesting because previously we were wondering whether the mobile Office suite would only run on the iPad or target all form-factor iOS devices. This looks to be the case as Microsoft appears adamant to give Apple and its iWork productivity apps a good run for their money… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2012
Cloud-storage startup Dropbox has quickly become my favorite solution for storing and sharing files in the cloud, collaborating on projects, backing up my photos and more. Today, an update to the free Dropbox iOS client has been issued, bringing with it a couple new features and tweaks. For starters, streaming of video files from your Dropbox is now improved. Another nice-to-have: Dropbox finally features support for password-protected Microsoft Office documents, an iOS 6-only capability… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2012
The Verge in an exclusive report this morning offers a detailed look into Office Mobile, a long-rumored version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, said to hit iOS and Android devices in early 2013, with the iPhone and iPad version hitting the App Store first. The suite, the publication has it, will apparently include free viewer apps that will require a Microsoft account. Limited editing functionality will reportedly be available with an Office 365 subscription. More tidbits right after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2012
Microsoft recently announced the latest version of its popular Office suite, Office 2013. And while there was no mention of whether or not the software would make it to iOS, the tech world seems pretty convinced it’s coming.
A recently discovered job listing on Microsoft’s website adds fuel to the fire, as it calls for a new software development engineer for the company’s Office division to “be part of Microsoft’s next move on the Mac and on iOS…” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2012
Microsoft is unveiling something today, but the company would uncharacteristically release no agenda for today’s presser, which begins at noon Pacific time. A media release only mentions that Microsoft will be making an announcement today and teases “news live from San Francisco via webcast“.
It’s gotta be some kind of a biggie as Steve Ballmer, the CEO, “will share the news”, per the release. But what exactly is it? Office for iPad, anyone? It’s a simple YES/NO poll so cast your vote now… Read More